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Craig Ogden, Guitar recital, Weiss, Westlake, Albeniz, Bach, Antonio Jose - 19.01.2018

Craig Ogden lived up to our high expectations with a varied programme including works from C18th to the present day
Our favourite was the J.C.Bach Lute Suite in G minor BMV993
Not surprisingly we found the contemporary composition by fellow Australian Nigel Westlake (Mosstrooper Peak : Sonata for Guitar) created to the memory of Westlake's son, the most difficult to comprehend. For works which are less melodic and more abstract, the programme notes are important to provide clues and Ogden ensured we had not missed these by reading them out to us before he started to play.
What is without doubt is Craig Ogden's mastery of his instrument and his rapport with the audience.
He sent us home with a rousing 'feel good' encore.
( Audience members )

Mozart, Simpson, Beethoven: Tippett Quartet, Bromsgrove Concerts, The Artrix, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, 28.02.2014

... The Tippetts captured the (Simpson) 11th quartet's bracing contrasts of turbulence and calm to perfection. Especially memorable was the way in which they built up the tension in the overlapping rushing scales of the third movement, bringing the work to its main point of climax. The hushed ethereal final movement had superb concentration and focus from the players - the music simply vanished into thin air as intended by the composer. The appreciative Bromsgrove audience listened attentively in rapt silence.
Simpsons work was a perfect companion piece for Mozart and Beethoven. In the first of Mozarts great series of quartets dedicated to Haydn the Tippetts brought out the wit in the first movement and the exuberant counterpoint of the finale (a clear precursor to the finale of the Jupiter Symphony).
Beethovens Third Rasumovsky quartet, played after the interval, was on the same exalted level as the Simpson. Flowing tempi in all four movements were well chosen and fitted the music perfectly. The Tippett's playing of the second movement's Slavic tinged melody over throbbing pizzicato accompaniment was a high point of their interpretation. In Beethoven's brilliant finale the link was clearly made between Mozart's joyous fugal writing and Simpson's intense yet vigorous counterpoint - three great string quartet composers. .....complete review

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